NLT or DLT Panels Connect with Single Surface Spline
Adjacent floor panels are butted together. A plywood spline is fastened to both panels using partially-threaded screws or nails.
Purpose: Transfer of in-plane shear along the panel-to-panel joint.
The capacity of the connection is controlled by the shear capacity of dowel-type fasteners.
- Common for NLT and DLT panels.
- Panels are manufactured with a layer of sheathing held back from the panel
edges to accommodate splines.
- Where using nails, consider specifying nail gun nails instead of common wire
nails for constructability, or collated screws instead of individual screws.
- Where screws are used instead of nails, cost increases and constructability
- Coordinate spline width and thickness with panel supplier.
- For guidance on fasteners within panels, see the Nail-Laminated Timber U.S. Design & Construction Guide.
- Class 1
- Load Medium
- Cost $
- Constructability Easy
- Fire Rating I